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Through 20 years of performances and classes, an award-winning Albuquerque band has brought the distinctive sound of Scottish music to the Southwest.  The High Desert Pipes and Drums will be joined by guest musicians and dancers for a fundraising concert on June 25 and 26 at the Hiland Theatre.

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Firefighters Continue The Fight On Dog HeadThe Associated Press

Authorities say firefighters contending with 100-foot flames have made progress in keeping a New Mexico blaze that destroyed two-dozen homes from moving farther north toward rural, mountain communities.

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New Mexico Fire Prompts Emergency Decree, Evacuations  - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A wildfire burning in central New Mexico grew to more than three square miles and forced evacuations, after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.

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Laun-Dry Supply Company is moving toward cleaning up a decades-old solvent spill near downtown Albuquerque. The state's Environment Department addressed a packed Wells Park Neighborhood Association meeting yesterday.

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Though the country is focused on Orlando, another mass shooting happened in southeastern New Mexico last weekend, where a man is accused of shooting and killing his family. People in Roswell gathered on Tuesday to grieve. 

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Wildfire Burns 800-1000 Acres, Forces Residents From Homes Associated Press

A wildfire that broke out in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico has consumed 800 to 1000 acres and is forcing some nearby residents from their homes.

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Man Arrested After Albuquerque City Hall Hostage Scare - The Associated Press 

A man has been arrested in connection with a scare at Albuquerque City Hall about a possible shooter and hostage situation that police now believe was a hoax.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Tuesday that 28-year-old Daniel Olguin was charged with breaking and entering and false imprisonment after a floor-by-floor search of City Hall.

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The state Environment Department is expected to talk about chemical testing and cleanup efforts for a decades-old chemical spill in the heart of Albuquerque on Tuesday. The Laun-Dry Supply Company spill is on a neighborhood meeting agenda.

The chemical distribution business leaked toxic solvents near downtown Albuquerque over the course of several decades. NMED is expected to present results from testing in homes where people might be breathing in toxic gases from the spill.

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KUNM Call In Show 6/16 8a:

In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

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Medical Marijuana Industry Grows In New Mexico – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The medical marijuana industry is growing in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports several licensed growers are expected to open new facilities as well as dispensaries in the coming months, which would mean a boost in jobs and the economy.

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Just hours after LGBT folks celebrated Albuquerque’s 40th pride on Saturday night, hundreds gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the people who were killed in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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Navajo Nation Lawmakers Firming Up Meeting With Donald TrumpAssociated Press

Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation are trying to firm up a meeting with Donald Trump.

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For the first time in 40 years, the federal government is changing the way it regulates toxic chemicals. The new chemical safety act will overhaul a 1970's-era law by giving the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, who sponsored the bill, says New Mexicans don’t have any local oversight of dangerous chemicals in household products, which leaves people here especially vulnerable.

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Gov. Martinez Disagrees With Trump Comments On Judge – Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez is joining a chorus of Republicans in criticizing Donald Trump for his claim that a federal judge is not qualified to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage.

Right after the federal Department of Justice released a lengthy report slamming the University of New Mexico for mishandling sexual assault cases, UNM President Robert Frank held a news conference and questioned the investigators’ methods. KUNM's Marisa Demarco sat down with Frank to find out how seriously UNM’s president takes the federal criticism.

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The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting a nine percent drop in drug overdoses in 2015.

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The Department of Justice has scrutinized just two universities in the country about campus assault and harassment: The University of Montana and the University of New Mexico. Results of the DOJ probe in Montana were revealed in May 2013. The findings letter for UNM came out at the end of April this year.

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There’s expectation in the air when students go off to college—an expectation of independence and learning—and even safety. But for many people on campuses around the country who experience sexual assault or harassment, the illusion of safety can fall away. Now, the federal government has begun looking at why.

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Decrease In Drug Overdose Deaths In 2015 Around New MexicoAssociated Press

State health officials say drug overdose deaths around New Mexico decreased 9 percent last year.

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Hillary Clinton Wins New Mexico PrimaryAssociated Press

Hillary Clinton has won New Mexico's Democratic presidential primary in the final round of state votes, a day after she secured enough delegate commitments to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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KUNM teamed up with New Mexico PBS for a New Mexico primary election special featuring results and analysis from political observers and reporters. Gene Grant of New Mexico in Focus and Ed Williams of the KUNM Public Health New Mexico project hosted the conversation. 

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The new Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is a place of firsts: it’s the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest and the first wildlife refuge in the country to have an environmental justice plan. It's also the first time kids in one largely Hispanic community have had a wild outdoor space to play in close by.

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Voters are going to the polls today to vote in New Mexico’s primary election.

New Mexico To Vote Day After Clinton Secures Nomination By Morgan Lee, Associated Press Writer

Primary voters in the nation's most Hispanic state are weighing in on their favorite presidential contenders a day after Hillary Clinton secured delegate commitments to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

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When you think of a drug sting operation, you might think of busting drug dealers. Last week the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department defended a reverse drug sting operation in which undercover officers posed as dealers in early May and arrested mainly homeless people and people with mental health issues who tried to buy drugs.

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New Mexico's primary election day is this Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Are you ready? 

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Lottery Scholarships To Fund About 90 Percent Of TuitionAssociated Press

Despite rising tuition rates at more than a dozen colleges and universities in New Mexico, state higher education officials say about 90 percent of eligible students' tuition costs will be covered next year by lottery scholarship funding.

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DA Races Hotly Contested Among Democrats In 3 DistrictsAssociated Press

The debate emerging from three races for district attorney in New Mexico's largest population centers are stirring up debate over crime and public safety issues that all remain hot topics in the state.

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Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque are holding a training session Saturday, June 4, on how to interact with people who have mental health conditions. The certification program is a first for the city.

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